Only a first name is indexed. If you search for a 'John
Patrick', for example, you will get a nil return. Unfortunately, the
same is true even for traditional two-part names such as Mary Ann and
Mary Jane. You need to use only the first name.
Mothers' surnames are included in the Birth Index from 1900.
you search the Birth Index for a family name with no first name,
post-1900 results will include all children born with a father OR mother
of that surname.
If you are searching the post-1900
Birth Index for all the children in a family, leave the first name field
blank. In the surname field, type both the mother's and father's
surnames, separated by a space. This cannot be done for pre-1900 births
because mothers' surnames have not been indexed.
born in hospitals were usually registered by a hospital official,
typically the day after the birth. Often, the parents had yet to decide
on a first name, or had not told the official what the name would be, so
the baby was registered without a first name in the Register. These
cases appear in the Birth Index as 'Unknown' + surname.
(re-) marriage of a widow is usually recorded in the Index under the
woman's maiden name. The image of the register entry will show all
If you don't know the maiden name of a
married women, nor the first name of her husband, you can use the
Marriage Index to discover not only her birth surname but also her
husband's first name. Search using her first name and married surname,
entering an approximate date for the marriage.
to check details of the informant on a death registration. The
informant is usually a family member and his/her address and
relationship to the deceased will be noted. These details may confirm
that the death record is the one you are seeking; they may also give you
additional genealogical information to follow up.
of the worst problems when using any family history database is the
possibility that your ancestor's name has been spelt differently to how
you spell it. Irish first names and surnames are notorious for this, so
you have to be pretty persistent and sometimes quite imaginative to
track down records when they are not showing up where you expect them to
show up. See the Name Spellings problems box for some help.
If you cannot find an entry in IrishGenealogy's Index but you are
confident of the location and have some idea of the year in which the
event took place, you will need to open a 'back door' to the local SRD's
registers and browse through them. The process is a little fiddly, and
may vary slightly according to which browser you use, but it can yield
results. First, enter your search criteria - the SRD and relevant years -
and choose which Index you want. On the results page, choose any entry
and hover over the word 'image', right click and select 'copy link
location' from the menu. Paste this into your browser. By changing the
very last digit, you can 'browse' back and forward through all the pages
in the register. (Don't forget that the records were maintained on a
quarterly basis from 1878 to 1902; you'll need to go through this
process four times for each of these years.)